April 12, 2012
theeconomist:

Tomorrow’s cover today: our cover in North America argues that the presidential campaign looks likely to sharpen America’s divisions.

Everyone’s kidding themselves following politics the way they do like the nuances of this election are at all meaningful. If you think we can solve any of these intractable problems we’ve been accumulating without fundamental changes, and i mean fundamental as in going to the core of people’s underlying assumptions and opinions about what a political party is and what a politician does, then you’re delusional. We need radical change in how people organize society. In other words, we need further evolution in the organization of the global political ecosystem. This has to be the next evolutionary step that society/humanity takes. It’s either inevitable this happens and we continue going forth as a species or we’ve tragically reached, as Fukuyama says, “The End of History.”
And if you think this is all wild conjecture, just remember how crazy far humanity has come in only the past few thousand years. And how that pace of change has come to increase with such rapidity in recent centuries and decades. After all, in less than fifty years communism went from a legitimate competitor to capitalism to an almost extinct political and economic phenomena. And the difference between communism and capitalism is pretty friggin huge. 
Or, I don’t know, maybe technology will soon advance to a point where we’ll just all clone ourselves over to computer simulators and live forever in individual utopia. Maybe it already happened and that’s what life is.

theeconomist:

Tomorrow’s cover today: our cover in North America argues that the presidential campaign looks likely to sharpen America’s divisions.

Everyone’s kidding themselves following politics the way they do like the nuances of this election are at all meaningful. If you think we can solve any of these intractable problems we’ve been accumulating without fundamental changes, and i mean fundamental as in going to the core of people’s underlying assumptions and opinions about what a political party is and what a politician does, then you’re delusional. We need radical change in how people organize society. In other words, we need further evolution in the organization of the global political ecosystem. This has to be the next evolutionary step that society/humanity takes. It’s either inevitable this happens and we continue going forth as a species or we’ve tragically reached, as Fukuyama says, “The End of History.”

And if you think this is all wild conjecture, just remember how crazy far humanity has come in only the past few thousand years. And how that pace of change has come to increase with such rapidity in recent centuries and decades. After all, in less than fifty years communism went from a legitimate competitor to capitalism to an almost extinct political and economic phenomena. And the difference between communism and capitalism is pretty friggin huge. 

Or, I don’t know, maybe technology will soon advance to a point where we’ll just all clone ourselves over to computer simulators and live forever in individual utopia. Maybe it already happened and that’s what life is.